Special Topics Peer Mentors

Jose Alvarez

Professional Communication & Early Career Development

Photo of Jose in a blue shirt standing in front of several green trees

Jose is a third year graduate student in the Anthropology Department and the special topics peer mentor specializing in Professional Communication and Early Career Development. He is a proud alum of Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Boyle Heights and the child of immigrants from Teocaltiche and Teocaltichillo, Mexico. East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights have such a deep history of Chicano artistry and activism that he was inspired from an early age to follow in the footsteps of community members and pay it forward. He is interested in researching Borderlands, Ethnic Economies, Housing Inequities, Race, Anti Blackness, Activism, and Art in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles.


Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm
You can either join Jose in person in UOB 116 or on Zoom (

Camila Alvarez

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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Camila (she/her) is a third-year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience and the special topics peer mentor specializing in Mental Health and Wellness. She is part of the DiPatrizio Lab, where she studies the role of the endocannabinoid system in controlling the reward effects of our Western-style diet (high fat, high sucrose). When she is not working in the lab, she likes to go out dancing or roller skating.


Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 4-5pm on Zoom (